Born: October 30, 1853, London, England.
Died: January 29, 1931, Swanage, Dorset, England.
Buried: Roslin (near Edinburgh), Scotland.
Mathams went to sea early in life, and for a while joined the gold rush in the Canadian Yukon.
On returning to England via Palestine, he began studying for the ministry.
In 1874, he entered the Regent’s Park Baptist College, and subsequently became pastor at Preston, Lancashire. In 1879, his health failing, he went for a while to Australia and other places.
Returning to England, he became minister at Falkirk, Scotland, in 1883, and at Birmingham in 1888.
He entered the ministry of the Established Church of Scotland in 1900, and served for three years as chaplain to the Scottish 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in the Egyptian campaign (1903–06). In 1906, he became an associate minister at Stronsay, in the Orkney Islands.
In 1909, he was ordained a full minister at St. Columba’s Church, Mallaig, on the northwest Scottish coast.
In 1919, he retired and moved to Roslin, Scotland. After his wife Alexa Jane died, he moved to Swanage, Dorset.